Janus Friis is among a list of tech and communication experts who have backed the new app Wire, a communication tool that sets out to take everything that is good about the competition, and combine plus add to it.
Wire is essentially a chat service, but it claims to be much more. It provides a video chat service with high end sound quality through your mobile device, as well as Mac computers. But it also gives you the option to message with video from YouTube, audio clips from SoundCloud, or images. If you need to get someone’s attention, you can send them a ping, which will let them know you want to talk without sending a call request and potentially interrupting them.
All of this interaction is synced between devices. So it is essentially taking the best parts of competitors like Skype and Snapchat, and putting them into one effective tool.
Speaking of Sype, Friis, one of the original co-founders of the tool, backs Wire completely. When asked why, he claimed that it was because tools like Skype are old, but Wire is new. It is original, innovative, and addresses needs important to users right now, not ten years ago when his old communication platform launched. Which just might make Janus Friis one of the most one of the coolest and most level headed dudes in the tech industry today.
Wire is free to download and use, and is available right now. Since pretty much everyone has a smartphone with Android or iOS (8.0+), there is no reason you can’t go and try it out. The only downside is that it only works between you and others who have Wire, just like most other communication tools. The good news is that it is being so hyped, and it looks so cool, that others are sure to jump ship and at least try it out.
Unfortunately, I have not yet updated my iOS to try this myself. I would love to hear from others who have given it a test drive, and how their experience was. Is it worth all the excitement? Could this really replace tools like Skype, which have been a bit long in the tooth for the past few years?